At 8pm UK time last night (12 noon local time) Mick Dawson and Steve Grenham set off on their hardest training challenge to date – the Yukon River Quest. This 444 mile race is known as the toughest kayak and canoe race in the world and will push the duo to their limits, both physically and mentally. This is the third of five increasingly difficult training events that will prepare the pair for their 650mile kayak around the Falkland Islands in 2016.
It’s now 3.15am in Yukon, Canada, which means the Cockleshell Endeavour team have been kayaking virtually non-stop for around 15 hours. The organisers of the race have put in place an incredibly tough schedule, requiring all competitors to reach certain check points by set times to remain in the race. Although we will not have any contact with Mick or Steve until the race is finished we are able to check their progress using their real time trackers and it looks as though they are on schedule and meeting all the requirements to remain in the race.
Mick and Steve are not doing this event alone; Simon Reed and Paul Rigby have once again joined the pair as honorary members of the Cockleshell Endeavour duo giving Mick and Steve the support they need throughout the event.
The route Mick and Steve will take will give them the opportunity to view some stunning scenery but they will also have to be prepared for some of the local wildlife during their very brief stops – wolves, grizzly bears and moose are often seen at the river’s edge.
In order to complete the race, the Cockleshell Endeavour pair, plus Si and Paul, will need to be at the Dawson City finish line by 11.59pm local time on Saturday(8am UK time Sunday). To stay up to date with their progress you can follow their trackers online or stay up to date on the Cockleshell Endeavour Facebook page.